Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to his Twitter handle today to mourn the loss of legendary actor Dilip Kumar who passed away on Wednesday after he was hospitalised due to breathing issues on June 30.

Calling the unfortunate demise of the veteran actor a loss to the cultural world, the PM wrote, “Dilip Kumar Ji will be remembered as a cinematic legend. He was blessed with unparalleled brilliance, due to which audiences across generations were enthralled. His passing away is a loss to our cultural world. Condolences to his family, friends and innumerable admirers. RIP.”

Meanwhile, Defence Minister of India, Rajnath Singh recalled meeting the legend and tweeted, “Shri Dilip Kumar ji was an outstanding actor, a true thespian who was well regarded by everyone for his exemplary contribution to the Indian film industry. His performances in films like Ganga Jamuna touched a chord in millions of cinegoers. I’m Deeply anguished by his demise.”

“I had met Dilip Kumar ji in person when I went to Mumbai to present the Padma Vibhushan to him. It was a special moment for me to interact with the legendary actor. His demise is monumental loss to the Indian cinema. My heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and fans” he further added.

Earlier today, Dilip Kumar close friend had confirmed the news on Twitter and shared from the veteran actor’s official handle, “With a heavy heart and profound grief, I announce the passing away of our beloved Dilip Saab, few minutes ago. We are from God and to Him we return. – Faisal Farooqui.”

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